Lead Orchard Volunteer Interest Survey
Do you love community orchards? Want to learn more about ecological orchard care and assist POP partner groups in caring for beautiful, bountiful community spaces? Become a POP Lead Orchard Volunteer! First step is completing the survey below to provide us with more information and see if there is a good match for a community orchard to engage with.
Lead Orchard Volunteer Role Description
The primary role of the POP Lead Orchard Volunteer (LOV) is to serve as an ongoing volunteer and first contact for a specific POP orchard partner site and to assist POP staff in working with and supporting the partner group. This role provides opportunities for both more in-depth, long-term involvement with an orchard and for expanding knowledge in orchard care. Lead Orchard Volunteers build skills in orchard care, horticulture, and volunteer coordination while assisting POP staff in providing ongoing support to an expanding number of community orchards across the city. For larger sites or where desired, Lead Orchard Volunteers may work in teams of 2 or 3 to support an orchard.
Work with your local orchard partner site to assist monthly, weekly, or as needed on a seasonal basis to help maintain the community orchard. Please keep in mind each orchard and partner is different, has different needs, and modes of operation! With your orchard’s lead POP Staff and POP Orchard Partner, please explore the assistance that is needed and appropriate to the site, community, its needs and schedule through intentional relationship building.
Expectations of Role:
Participate and help lead in regularly scheduled orchard work days or programs that engage in orchard maintenance of the designated orchard site
If regularly scheduled maintenance does not exist, help site consider a regular maintenance schedule that you can help facilitate (monthly, bi-weekly, weekly)
Through your education and experience, assist orchard partners, volunteers, and other participants to learn together and implement best practices in orchard care
Report monthly to POP via online Orchard Report form.
What zip code do you live in?
What parts of the city are most convenient for you to engage with?
Why are you interested in being a POP Lead Orchard Volunteer? (A sentence or two is plenty!)
We strongly recommend that Lead Orchard Volunteers attend POP's urban orchardist training course, POP CORE. The full four-course session is being offered on a sliding scale on Thursday evenings in March 2020, at Bartram's Garden (3/5, 3/12, 3/19) and The Woodlands (3/26), with more details available at
I am interested in POP CORE training and can attend the March sessions
I am interested in POP CORE training but unable to attend the March sessions
I have already completed one or more POP CORE workshops
I already have other horticultural knowledge (please describe below) and I'm not sure I need this training
I am not interested in this training
Please describe any prior experience you have with orchard or garden care.
Please check all times that would be possible for you to participate in monthly orchard work days.
Please provide any additional specifics about your availability that would help us identify a matching opportunity.
How do you prefer to communicate?
Are you interested in being considered for our pilot LOV stipend program? We have a limited amount of grant funding to provide Lead Orchard Volunteers with small stipends ($150/season, up to a total of $450/year). This is specifically intended for individuals from the neighborhoods where certain orchards are located. We are happy to provide more info about this pilot program to interested individuals, who would be placed in consultation with POP partners at the selected sites.
Yes, please provide me with more info about the stipend program
No, I'd like to serve as a Lead Orchard Volunteer but am not interested in the stipend program.
Anything else POP should know to help us evaluate whether there is a Lead Orchard Volunteer opportunity that is a good match?
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